Belva Lockwood Autograph Quotation Signed
"Appreciate and enjoy all of the privileges that you have to-day without waiting for to-morrow. Belva A. Lockwood." Lockwood's importance as one of America's first female lawyers, social reformer and presidential candidate is now well known. She is considered one of the leaders in the women's rights movement with her focus on the legal profession. Lockwood graduated from what is today the George Washington University Law School, although she had to seek the aid of then Pres. Theodore Roosevelt before the law school would grant her degree. She went on to become the first woman to practice before the US Supreme Court after she was admitted, through an Act of Congress, to the Supreme Court Bar in 1879. Lockwood ran for US President in 1884 and 1888 on the National Equal Rights Party ticket and became the first woman to be included on an official presidential election ballot. Lockwood was also an essayist particularly on the topics of women's suffrage, equal rights and world peace. Belva Lockwood was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1983. Provenance: Walter R. Benjamin Autographs.